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The Alps Part 1

8th to 10th July 2017

The Tour de France visits the Alps twice in 2017. The first passage has a couple of great stages and as they take place over a weekend we take the opportunity to offer a weekend travel package.

On this official Tour de France tour you will see the riders of the 2017 Tour de France on their first visit of the Alps. This Tour to ride and watch will include a hotel in Annecy, daily ride options and spectators are also welcome.
The official 2017 Tour de France road book is included as well as official TDF merchandise and exclusive VIP access tickets to watch the Tour from up close. Bike rental is also available if you don’t want to bring your own bike.

This Tour’s Highlights:

  • 2017 Tour de France welcome pack with official Le Tour merchandise and the sought after 2017 TDF road book
  • Official Tour de France ‘Izoard’ finish hospitality on the stage finish at Les Rousses
  • Official Tour de France ‘Relais Etape’ hospitality on the Chambery stage

Your tour vehicle will have a bike trailer especially designed to transport bikes fully assembled and there is also one of our customised minibuses on hand as a support vehicle for the various guided rides that we offer during the tour. Riders and spectators are welcome as we will offer a daily programme for both.

Bike rental:
Do you want to ride during the Tour de France without the hassle of bringing your own bike? We offer bike hire for your time in France with us. Full details of our bike hire service and terms and conditions are available here.

Bike rental prices for this tour:

  • Trek Domane 4.3 bike equipped with Shimano 105: £129 per bike
  • Trek Domane 4.5 Ultegra or 5.2 Ultegra: £199 per bike

Izoard finishline hospitality:
The Tour de France sets up a limited number of areas located on course within the final portion of the stage. These have names like Izoard and Galibier. Access to these areas is usually reserved and by invitation only. You will see famous ex-cyclists, sponsors and team guests. Typically these areas are within 200 metres or so of the finish line. There is also a spectator friendly elevated viewing area. You will be served with drinks and snacks and there is a big screen to watch the LIVE action as it unfolds. After watching the finish, you will celebrate the victory with Champagne.

Relais Etape Hospitality:
For both riders and spectators we offer the ‘Relais Etape’ experience. Enjoy a sit down lunch, a comfortable setting with a large screen to watch today’s deciding stage. The ‘Relais Etape’ is an area on the course of a Tour de france stage which takes the form of a small village in a prime position along the route, just a few kilometres from the finish line. We will accommodate a ride to this area for those who are cycling and spectators will be taken directly to the ‘Relais Etape’ to enjoy the day.

This inspiring package mirrors the excitement of the race and includes:

  • A clubhouse to accommodate all guests
  • Welcome aperitif and unlimited buffet
  • Entertainment and live coverage of the race on a giant screen
  • Champagne celebration of the day’s action
  • Tour de France gift

About the Hotel...

*** Best Western International Annecy
This Best Western is situated at the entrance of Annecy, 1.2 miles from Annecy Lake and city centre. It offers a restaurant and drinks in Le Jazz, the hotel’s bar.

Each soundproofed room at the Best Western Hotel International is air-conditioned. They are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, tea and coffee making facilities, free Wi-Fi access and a private bathroom.

A buffet breakfast is available in the hotel’s stylish dining room. The property also has a fitness centre with hammam and hot tub, which are accessible with an extra cost.

There is a 24-hour front desk service at the Best Western Hotel International.

Hotel Services:

  • The hotel is entirely air conditioned
  • Our reception team is available 24 hours a day and speaks French, English and Spanish
  • Tourist information
  • Handicap accessible
  • Laundry service
  • Room service
  • Safes
  • Free newspapers available

The Stages:

Saturday, July 8th – Stage 8 – 187km – Dole to Station des Rousses
This stage will take place in its entirety in the Jura region. There are some tough climbs on the menu with the last climbs giving an opportunity for an opportunistic rider to take the stage victory. The final climb is the Côte de la Combe de Laisia et Les Molunes and its summit comes at just 11 kilometres from the finish.

Sunday, July 9th – Stage 9 – 181km – Nantua / Chambéry
We were pretty excited when we first saw this stage. This is going to be a spectacular stage as the rest day comes straight after this. It’s a climbing festival, usually reserved for later on in the Tour. The climbs that are going to make the difference are the Col de la Binche and the Grand Colombier from its hardest side meaning 225 gradients before the Mont du Chat just before the finish in Chambéry.

Friday July 7th, 2017 – Arrival day
Our tour starts in Annecy today so you can either make your way to the Hotel Best Western International in Annecy and come and meet us there or you can make use of our airport arrival transfers at 11.00, 15.00 and finally 19.00. This evening we will be on hand to assist you with putting your bikes together if you are travelling with your bike. We will also have your rental bike ready if you have chosen this option.

This evening we have the evening meal at the hotel and we will take the opportunity to talk through the itinerary of the weekend.

Saturday July 8th – Dole to Station des Rousses
After breakfast we will load the bikes onto the trailer and we will set off to Les Rousses which is where today’s stage will have its finish. The riders will be dropped off on the way and will be supported by our minibus on their ride to Les Rousses. Spectators will continue and we will all meet up together in Les Rousses to enjoy Izoard finish line hospitality. Please see above for full details.
After we have seen the finish we will return to Annecy and as we will be back late, it will be convenient to eat at the hotel.

Sunday July 9th – Nantua to Chambery
Today we have access to the ‘Relais Etape’ hospitality area which gives the riders an ideal opportunity to join us on our guide bike ride there. Please see above for full details.

We will again come back quite late so the evening meal is available at the hotel.

Monday July 10th – Departure day
As the riders of the 2017 Tour de France move to the Dordogne for their first rest day, it is time for us to go home.


£649 per person, based on two sharing a room
£109 single supplement
£195 deposit is required at the time of booking

What’s included:

  • 3 nights at the 4 star hotel best Western International in Annecy
  • 3 breakfasts and 3 evening meals
  • The 2017 Tour de France road book and merchandise pack
  • Exclusive Tour de France VIP access; Izoard finish hospitality and Relais Etape experience – Have a look at our videos to see what VIP access is all about
  • Minibus support vehicle
  • Top of the range tour vehicle with customised bike trailer
  • The services of our team of bike hosts
  • A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More information
  • A safe pair of hands – More information
  • Bike storage at the hotel
  • All hotel taxes

Also available:

  • Sports travel insurance. Please visit our insurance page
  • Bike rental – £129 for a Trek Carbon bike with Shimano 105 and £199 for Shimano Ultegra – More information here

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At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.

Please click here for our full booking conditions.

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Important Information:

Single travellers and twin to share:
We welcome single travellers on our tours and holidays as it is a great way to join a like-minded group of people and you will make lots of new friends. If you would like to join our group as a single traveller we can offer you two options. A single room or if you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our ‘twin to share’ option. We will pair you up with another traveller (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra.

General, visa, passport and health information:
For passport and visa information, please check the relevant section on this page.General Travel and health Information for your destination is available on the FCO website. Please note that this information relates to UK passport holders only and that other nationalities should refer to their own authorities for this information.

Travel Insurance:
For details of specialist sports travel insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in cycling events. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.



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